GE Healthcare invests in CMR Surgical
CMR Surgical, the company developing, manufacturing and marketing the surgical robotic system, Versius®, notes the disclosure by GE Healthcare of its minority participation in the recent $240 million Series C financing round.
Martin Frost, Chief Executive Officer of CMR Surgical, said “We are delighted to have attracted investment from GE Healthcare, one of the world’s most respected healthcare companies, to bring advanced technologies to market in a way that has the potential to benefit surgeons and their patients.”
Gustavo Perez-Fernandez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Image Guided Therapies at GE Healthcare “We see the Versius surgical robotic system being a key ‘guiding companion’ for surgeons as they pursue minimal access surgery. Along with GE Healthcare’s advanced, high-quality imaging, digital and artificial intelligence tools, we can bring minimal access surgery to more people. CMR Surgical and GE Healthcare both have the potential to transform the way surgeries are performed worldwide and this investment underlines the shared ambition to do so.”
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has introduced 3D software to help with surgery planning
The software will help to virtually plan surgery and reconstruction for cancer and trauma patients. The trust said the technology has been used so far to plan surgery for a patient with cancer of the upper jaw, a patient with a large cyst close to the eye and a patient who has suffered serious facial injuries in a cycling accident.
Samantha Bunn, Manager of The Maxillofacial and Orthodontic Laboratory at SaTH, said “The Maxillofacial prosthetists have started to use the software and equipment to plan surgery and reconstruction for cancer and trauma patients. Virtual 3D models are created via data from a CT scan; surgery is planned recreating surgical cuts and bone grafts, and titanium plates are designed and implants positioned to assist the Maxillofacial surgeons in theatre.”
“The models are then printed out in resin to produce a true replica of the patient and for use as a diagnostic aid. Previously, the Maxillofacial team sourced an external company to provide this service which impacted on surgery time.”
“With this being in-house we are now able to perform virtual surgery to remove cancer from a very difficult area of the body, and we are also now able to very accurately predict the defect and also fabricate a framework from patient bone or a titanium.”
The trust invested in the software following a donation of nearly £50,000 from a former patient and the League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
Virtual Reality healthtech firm expands to Leeds
Mindwave, a specialist VR firm in healthcare is to move to the Leeds healthtech hub. Alongside its expansion plans, the company has brought on board two high-profile appointments to help support it growing team.
The company has recently worked with the King’s College London Addiction’s Department to develop an app that allows those who are using substances and alcohol to track their recovery and monitor progress across key areas of wellbeing and quality of life.
The company also developed a web application for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, which helps clinicians treating patients with dementia determine whether the combination of medications a patient is taking could increase their risk of cognitive impairment. The app provides a simple scoring system for various medications, allowing clinicians to review a patient’s existing prescription and make changes as needed.
Dr Victoria Betton will become Mindwave’s newly appointed chief innovation officer. Commenting on her appointment, Dr Betton said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Mindwave at such a pivotal time.”
“The Leeds’ office expansion is a natural progression for the business. In my role as chief innovation officer I will be working closely with our new COO, as well as Mindwave founder and CEO Kumar Jacob to meet our clients’ needs and ensure that they are fully equipped to benefit from the UK’s digital health revolution.”
The company has also appointed a new chief operating officer, Dr Janak Gunatilleke, who said: “I am delighted to have been appointed into the role of chief operating officer and keen to start ramping up the scope and depth of the Mindwave offering.”
Mindwave founder and chief executive, Kumar Jacob, added: “Janak and Victoria join us at a really exciting time for Mindwave. As we grow our senior management team, we will ensure that we are able to provide our clients across the NHS, charitable and private sector the seamless, unparalleled digital health services they need.”
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